Passwords are a part of our every day life. It is no wonder they are under such scrutiny, with many breaches focusing on them. We all know how to manage our passwords, or at least we should by now. We know that we should change our passwords every once in a while, especially if we believe they may have been a part of a recent breach. What about those access tokens? Access tokens are typically used by your mobile devices to access your account without the need for you to enter in your username … [Read more...] about Should Password Change Invalidate All Access Tokens?
Start reading the news and you are bound to read about another data breach involving user credentials. Whether you get any details about how the passwords (that were stolen) were stored, we can assume that in many of these cases that they were not well protected. Maybe they were stored in clear text (no, it can't be true), or use weak hashes. Passwords hold the key to our access to most applications. What are you doing to help protect them? First, lets just start with recommending that the … [Read more...] about Password Storage Overview
Passwords, while a simple concept, are one of the most complex issues in security. A majority of user authenticated systems rely on a password to verify the end user. Over the years we have seen many different recommendations for strong passwords. I have talked about this subject many times. The complexity, while difficult to define, has gotten more difficult over time. At first, it was 8 characters with upper, lower case characters and a number or special character. The focus has … [Read more...] about Disabling Paste for Passwords?